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to a pope in retirement, coming up on "gma." >>> in other news this morning, president obama poised to lay out his second term agenda in tonight's state of the union address. the nation can expect to get an earful about immigration, gun control and the economy. abc's tahman bradley has details for us this morning from washington. hey, tahman. >> reporter: hey, rob. anticipate a speech much more elaborate than mr. obama's inaugural address. the white house says the big focus will be the economy and the middle-class. president obama's state of the union speech tonight will focus on jobs and the economy. it's expected to be different in substance and tone than the inaugural address last month. >> the economy will be central to the speech so everybody can have a fair shot. >> reporter: the president will push for additional government spending to provote manufacturing, clean energy and infrastructure. he will also address the cuts set to go. in adding additional spending would require congressional approval, setting mr. obama on a collision course with house republicans. >> it's time for washi
. >>> political push. president obama's state of the union address. his proposals outline how they'll impact you. and his big request to members of congress. >>> flight fright. a passenger's first flight turned into a frightening ordeal. what was supposed to be a happy occasion was anything but. >>> and top dog. a little pup with a giant personality. meet banana joe, this year's winner of the westminster dog show. >>> and good wednesday morning, everybody. we do begin with that breaking news out of southern california. investigators have located charred human remains within the debris of that burned out cabin, where it's believed christopher dorner was holed up. >> if dorner is positively identified, it would bring an end to the manhunt for the former lapd officer. abc's brandi hitt has more from l.a. >> reporter: the manhunt for accused cop-killer, christopher dorner, now centers on this burned out cabin east of los angeles. we learned overnight that a charred body has now been removed. >> we believe that someone was inside. we had reason to believe that that was christopher dorner. >> reporter
. obama's speech. house speaker john boehner calling it, quote, little more than more of the same. abc's tahman bradley joins us from washington with latest details. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, diana. what president obama said about guns is probably going to be most remembered from this speech. but the president pushed several bold proposals, aimed at strengthening the economy. in the first state of the union speech of his second term, president obama went big. announcing new domestic initiatives he said would assist america's middle class. the president proposed raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour, by $9 an hour by 2015. >> let's declare that in the wealthiest nation on earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty. >> reporter: the president also called for universal preschool education for the nation's 4-year-olds. as well as a $50 billion infrastructure program, designed to repair crumbling bridges around the country. but the emotional high point of the speech came close to the end, when more than 40 victims of gun
obama issued a statement overnight calling the move have highly provocative act. the test appeared to be more powerful than the previous test. akiko fujita explains the significance. >> reporter: it would mean that north korea is a step closer to its stated goal to create a nuclear warhead that is small enough to be mounted on top of a long-range missile that is capable of reaching the u.s. it comes two weeks after they conducted a missile test in direct defiance of u.n. security council resolutions. >> the u.n. security council is holding an emergency meeting to address the issue. even china, north korea's long-time ally, has expressed firm opposition to the nuclear tests. we'll have more on this breaking story later on on "gma." >>> we turn to a change of the top of the catholic church. pope benedict made the bombshell announcement he is stepping down. >> at age 85, the pope says he cannot keep up with the job. nick schifrin joins us from rome with more. good morning, nick. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, diana. pope benedict is a shy leader. but he's unpredictable,
, is massive budget cuts set to begin in less than 24 hour ps. after weeks of warnings, president obama softened his tone about the cuts. instead of a fiscal cliff, the president said it was more like a tumble downward. and he invited congressional leaders to the white house for talks. here's karen travers. >> reporter: the topic was probably unavoidable. today, president obama had a brief meeting, no more than ten minutes, with congressional leaders, about how to avoid the massive spending cuts. they'll sit down on friday at the white house. progress? not so much. the meeting is scheduled right at the deadline for the $85 billion in cuts. unlike, say, the fiscal cliff, or a potential government shutdown, there's little urgency in washington right now. but there is a lot of finger-pointing. >> the sequester was the president's idea. the sequester did not envision any additional tax increases. >> house republicans have declared that the entire strategy is to sit on the sidelines, stop working with us to pass something. >> reporter: the cuts will mean furloughs for civilian defense depart
shooting his school bus driver on tuesday. >>> now the shuffle going on in president obama's cabinet. it usually happens at the start of a second term. today, the focus is on the foreign policy team. tahman bradley is watching the ever-changing lineup and joins us from washington with more. hi, tahman. >> reporter: hey, rob and sunny. a lot of action with president obama's cabinet. kerry is in at state, clinton is out. and chuck hagel, a republican, who you would think would be hailed as a bipartisan pick, is under fire. senator john kerry takes the oath of office today as secretary of state, replacing hillary clinton who heads off to retirement with a big question still lingering, will she run for president? >> i don't know how else to say it but i'm going get back into my life again. this is going to be new for me. i don't know how i'm going to react to it, to be honest. >> reporter: senator kerry takes over after cruising through confirmation in the senate. president obama's choice to run the pentagon is a different story. former senator chuck hagel, a vietnam veteran, took heavy
washington. >> reporter: congress has a major deadline looming on friday. and president obama says it's time to put politics aside. >> at some point, we have to do some governing. >> reporter: if lawmakers don't come up with an alternative plan, $85 billion in automatic budget cuts will go into effect. at the white house, president obama asked the nation's governors to put pressure on the state legislators in washington. >> congress should not allow these arbitrary sequester cuts to go through. and hurt our economy. slow our recovery. there has got to be a better way. >> now is the time to cut spending. it can be done without jeopardizing the economy. it can be done without jeopardizing critical services. >> reporter: lawmakers can't seem to agree on much these days. except that the cuts are basically inevitable. expect the obama administration to keep up its steady drumbeat on the dire consequences. >> disruptive and destructive to our nation's security and economy. >> reporter: the white house says there will be cuts to education programs, fewer federal meat inspectors. and travel disrupti
be going down. >>> and how president obama enlisted the help of a very animated young man to kick off the white house easter egg roll. >>> and good morning. travel could prove a challenge for millions in the nation's heartland, now in the grips of that winter storm. >> further south, a tornado spun off by that very same system hit a town in east texas, leaving at least one person dead and dozens of homes damaged. abc's tahman bradley is joining us this morning and has the latest. >> reporter: good morning, rob and diana. the midsection of the nation is taking a pounding. about 60 million people were caught in the blinding snow ha has times has been accompanied by thunder and lightning. it's a real monster. and it's dangerous. this morning, the heartland is buried in snow. the blizzard marched towards chicago. the great lakes and northern midwest are bracing for almost a foot of snow. the monster storm has socked the heartland. parts of kansas and missouri were socked by thundersnow. instead of pouring rain, it was pouring snow. and conditions made driving treacherous. >> it's a mess o
bay. >>> now to the immigration reform. republicans and democrats alike are predicting president obama would fail if he pushes forward with his own plan. illegal immigrants would be able to get a green card in eight years. top republican law maikers don't like that. >> by giving advantage for those who cut in line ahead of those coming here legally, he's looking for a partisan advantage. >> the white house says the president would push his own plan only if lawmakers can't get the job done. >>> police tape where one woman was murdered in chicago. six others wounded. this woman's sister was on stage with the president just six hours prior. >>> after chicago, the president headed to florida, where he had a golf date yesterday with, tiger woods. they played at the exclusive club where mr. obama spent the weekend. it was the first time the president played with woods. he was overheard telling woods at one point that it's good to see him playing well again. imagine what do the president and tiger woods chat about on the links. i would like to be a fly on that, putt, i guess. >>> prices going up on
midland city, alabama. even president obama praised authorities for saving the boy. rob and diana? >> great news he made it out alive and right in time for his birthday. tahman bradley, live in washington. thanks, tahman. >>> gun control, of course, is a top priority for the president. mr. obama took his message on the road yesterday, with a visit to a minneapolis police station. here's abc's jonathan karl. >> reporter: faced with an uphill battle in congress, the president took his campaign for new gun control measures on the road. >> we're not going to wait until the next newtown. >> reporter: the central component of the president's plan is requiring virtually anybody buying a gun to get a background check. but the audience in minneapolis has seen that that's not enough. last september, just a few miles from where the president spoke, minnesota suffered its worst ever mass shooting. the local sheriff met with president obama and believes the current system simply misses too much. >> we've identified gaping holes in the background checks. it's really become what is america's dir
news this morning, an increasing number of lawmakers are expressing concern of the obama administration's use of drone strikes. the concern stems from new evidence on how much authority the administration believes it has to kill suspected terrorists, even if they're american citizens. abc's jon karl reports. >> reporter: a newly disclosed justice department document say american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed, if, quote, an informed high-level official believes the target poses an imminent threat. but the document says it, quote, does not require the government to have clear evidence. case in point, anwar al awlaki, an american citizen and top al qaeda leader, linked to several terror attacks. he was killed in a 2011 drone strike. human rights advocates say the justice department memo goes way too far. and -- >> justifies, essentially, a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> reporter: as soon as he became president, barack obama stopped cia tactics like waterboarding, that he considered torture. but this justifies outright killing of a suspected
the nomination can be taken up is a week from monday. president obama accused republicans of playing politics. but they deny it. >>> and also, senator frank lautenberg makes it official. he will not run for his current term. he is the oldest member of the senate. he will not seek a sixth term. that eliminates a primary battle between newark, new jersey, mayor, cory booker. he's announced his intent to run for the senate in december. >>> and rahm emanuel is reportedly considering a white house run in 2016. "the daily beast" says imew ema would run if hillary clinton does not. emanuel used to be president obama's chief of staff, in addition to working in the clinton white house, as well. we just had the inauguration. already, the chatter about 2016. >> throwing it in. >> it's always the next election. >> what's coming up next? >>> and what's coming up next for you guys is weather across our nation. light snow for western pennsylvania, new york and new england. up to five inches in northern michigan. showers in the tennessee valley. and from philly to d.c. and heavy downpours from orlando to mia
the looming budget cuts. yesterday, president obama brought cops and firefighters to the white house to warn emergency workers they'll be the first to go if those cuts take effect. the deadline is less than ten days away. and so far, there's no face-to-face talks. >>> but the president is reaching across the aisle on immigration reform. last night, president obama called the three, key gop players on the issue in the senate. john mccain, lindsey graham and marco rubio. details of a white house backup plan on immigration were leaked over the weekend. >>> general john allen who was nominated to be nato supreme ally commander, and got caught up in the petraeus scandal, has announced his retirement. his concern is for the health of his wife, kathy. she has stood beside him for more than 35 years, allowing him to serve his country. >>> also, former congressman, jesse jackson jr. and his wife are due in court today. expected to plead guilty to federal charges. jackson is accused of spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items, including a $40,000 gold rolex. his wife, former chicago lawma
. >>> president obama is sitting down at the white house today with japan's new leader, prime minister shinzo abay arrived in washington last night, to discuss economic ties and security concerns, including the latest threats from north korea. he is also looking to reinforce the u.s./japan alliance. he is the fifth japanese prime minister during president obama's time in office. >>> police in las vegas are searching for suspects after deadly violence on the famed vegas strip. three people were killed during a gun battle between two luxury cars and a fiery crash that followed. authorities say at least one person in a range rover shot at a maserati that then ran a red light and crashed into a taxi. the taxi burst into flames and the driver and the passenger both died. the driver of the maserati was also killed. >>> and there was courtroom drama as drew peterson was sentenced to 38 years for killing an ex-wife. the former chicago cop shouted out his innocence and proclaiming, quote, i did not kill kathleen. but her sister shot back. the prosecutor says peterson's outburst shows him as the true psycho
are predicting president obama would fail if he pushes forward with his own effort to overhaul the system. under the white house's plan, illegal immigrants would be able to get a green card in eight years. top republican lawmakers don't like that. >> by giving advantage for those who cut in front of line for immigrant who is came here legally, not dealing with border security adequately, that tells us he's looking for a partisan advantage. >> the white house says the president would push his own plan only if lawmakers can't get the job done. >>> it was another weekend of deadly violence in the chicago area. this scene, all too familiar. police tape where one woman was murdered, six others wounded by gun fire. this murder came just hours after her sister was on stage with president obama. he was in the windy city touting his gun control proposals. >> ironically enough. >>> after chicago, the president headed to florida, where he had a golf date yesterday with tiger woods. they played at the exclusive club where mr. obama spent the weekend. no media coverage was allowed. it was the first time the
, dispatched to places not safe for u.s. troops. >> under the obama administration, their use has increased. but it's now under serious fire on capitol hill. here's abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: president obama's pick for cia director, john brennan, could face serious heat from members of the president's own party at his confirmation hearing this afternoon. democrats will likely demand answers about the use of unmanned drones to attack u.s. enemies overseas. brennan is the administration's point person on drones, the man who signs off on the kill list. >> i suggest to you that these targeted strikes against al qaeda terrorists are, indeed, ethical and just. >> reporter: the use of drones has grown 700% under the obama administration. we learned just yesterday, that america has a secret base in saudi arabia, used to send drones throughout the region. lawmakers will discover about a document that says american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed if a high-level official believes the target poses an imminent threat. but the government can do so without having clear evidence. human rig
. >>> president obama gets back to work today for the first time since s s state of the uni address. he returned to the white house last night after traveling to promote his plans for the economy, immigration and for gun control, as well. and after a long holiday weekend of golf in florida. today, the president will be back in the oval office. >>> and it's official. mississippi has abolished slavery. the state's legislature formally ratifying the constitution's 13th amendment in 1995. but the ratification document was never presented to the u.s. archivesi archivesist. it was discovered only after citizens saw the movie "lincoln," which just came out, and did some investigation. >> better late than never, i guess. slow but we get there. >>> coming up next, is walmart in trouble? leaked e-mails refer to the worst sales month ever. >>> then, it's our top story this morning. oscar pistorius back in court, as his sponsors now begin to drop her support. >>> and later in the show, would you have the guts to do that? >>> welcome back, everybody. recapping our breaking news this morning. prosecutors in s
't. matt gutman, abc news, mobile, alabama. >>> a showdown in the senate is looming over president obama's choice of the next defense secretary. democratic leaders are expected to force a vote on the nomination of chuck hagel tomorrow. some republicans say they'll vote no unless the white house provides more information on the benghazi attack. but hagel is expected to get the 60 votes needed for approval. >>> and there's a delay in the vote to confirm john brennan as head of cia. the top democratic lawmaker is demanding more details about deadly drone strikes against terror targets. last week, brennan defended the strikes in his confirmation testimony. but also said he welcomed more discussion on the controversial program. >>> meanwhile, the military has approved a new medal for members involved in drone strikes and cyber warfare. the new distinguished warfare medal outranks the bronze star, which is the fourth-highest medal for valor. and is usually awarded for heroic action on the battlefield. defense secretary panetta says it recognizes the current realities of war. >>> another drug t
the facts on the first lady's bangs. how do you like that? >> that's right. mrs. obama explains why to rachael ray she made such a dramatic change just a few days before the inauguration. >> this is my mid life crisis. i couldn't get a sports car. they won't let me bungee jump. so, instead, i cut my bangs. >> kept it pretty tame. the first lady turned 49 on january 17th. there's no telling what she's going to do when she hits the big 5-0 next year. >> looking good. >>> a former first lady, now, and former secretary of state, back in the news this morning. the one and only hillary clinton, has now signed on with a top agency and will be hitting the speaking circuit starting this spring. >> you can already hear the cash coming in. cha-ching. it's likely mrs. clinton will command the same fee that her husband gets. one tally says mr. clinton, the former president, has made more than $89 million making speeches since leaving the white house. >> wow. 89. never would have guessed that high. >> they won't even pay me. >> put it in perspective. the president's salary is $400,000 a year. $89
't currently exist. >>> at long last, we're hearing from president obama about his golf game with tiger woods. it took place last sunday in florida. an anchor from our san francisco station posed the question yesterday. >> finally, this is a political question you want to duck. but how does your golf game hold up next to tigers? >> that's not a hard question. he plays a different game than i do. he's on another plain. >> is he more nervous because he's playing with you? >> i don't think i would refer to it as nervous. he knew that i wasn't a big threat to his world ranking. and i knew that i better keep my day job. >> on tuesday, woods said he was impressed by the president's pitching and putting. and he said, if president obama had the time to dedicate to it, he could probably become a very good golfer. >> not a bad endorsement. >>> time, now, for some sports news this morning. here are the latest headlines from espn. >> hi. i'm hakem dermish with your "sportscenter" update. the lakers playing their first game since the death of jerry buss. the legendary owner was honored before tip-off. her
: the two sides blame each other. speaker boehner says president obama is demanding additional tax revenue without putting forward a plan of his own. the president says it's republicans who are holding up the deal. >> there's too many republicans in congress right now who refuse to compromise even an inch. >> reporter: without agreement, at the stroke of midnight tomorrow, $85 billion in automatic budget cuts go into effect. the cuts are drastic and can affect everything from children's vaccinations, tsa screenings, even meat inspections. and in an effort to save money, the department of homeland security has been forced to release hundreds of nonviolent undocumented immigrants who are waiting for court hearings. the fed chairman talked about the cuts impact on the economy. >> the equivalent of about 750,000 jobs. it would be a drag on near-term economic recovery. >> reporter: and, rob and diana, if you're expecting a last-ditch effort to strike a deal, think again. president obama and congressional leaders have no phone calls or meetings on their official schedules. rob and diana? >> tahm
obama is turning up pressure on congressional republicans with his administration details how the program cuts will affect spending in every state. >> thousands of educators will be laid off. tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to have to find child care for their kids. air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks. >> reporter: it could mean a furlough of meat inspectors. potentially means a shutdown of meat and poultry plants. >> i think the prices may go up a little bit at first. i think the product won't be available. >> reporter: some of the cuts won't be felt right away. because agencies must wait at least 30 days before forcing employees to take unpaid days off. the republicans accuse the president of using fear tactics. but they admit the cuts would be harsh. >> i can find lots of waste and mismanagement. but by god, the across the board cuts are the worst and most cowardly way to approach this situation. >> reporter: the president wants additional tax revenue. the republicans say no way. after congress raised taxes back in january. >>>
over. president obama's choice to run the pentagon is a different story. former senator chuck hagel, a vietnam veteran, took heavy fire from his own party. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in the country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things. >> you refuse to answer that question. >> reporter: he was hammered by gop senators who said he was too tough on israel. he was talked to about referring to pro-israeli groups at the jewish lobby. >> i misstated. i've just been handed a note that i misspoke and said i supported the president's position on containment. >> reporter: despite the bruising hearing, he's shil likely to be confirmed. if so, he'll be the first defense secretary that saw combat as an enlisted soldier. >>> instant fallout overnight after the los angeles arch die seize was ordered to release documents. retired card mall mahoney has been released from his duties. the papers show how cardinal mahoney shielded priests from the
on gps at the time of the accident. >>> president obama kicks off a focus on gun violence this week with a visit later this week in minnesota. he'll stop at the minneapolis police department's special operations center. it will be just four blocks from where a 5-year-old boy was shot to death in gang dispute just last summer. >>> the president is adding his voice to the conversation about boy scouts lifting the ban on gays. they may announce a decision this week. >>> police in turkey are questioning 11 suspects in the death of a new york woman who vanished a day before she was set to return home. she was in istanbul on a photography trip when she suffered a fatal blow to the head. detectives are still scouring the area where her body was dumped. >> reporter: her body was found in the trees right behind me. the police are still here. this is an isolated area. this side, a dropoff, this side, train tracks. the theory is she was killed somewhere else and brought here. >> detectives are still trying to figure out why her passport and phone were left behind in her hotel room. >>> in lond
% under the obama administration. we learned just yesterday, that america has a secret base in saudi arabia, used to launch drones throughout the region. lawmakers will also raise questions about a newly-discovered document saying, american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed if a high-level official believes the target poses an imminent threat. but the government can do so without having clear evidence. human rights advocates disagree. >> that justifies, essentially, a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> reporter: drone strikes have become controversial. in pakistan alone, there have been more than 300 drone strikes in the last decade, killing thousands of terrorists, but also more than 300 civilians. the retired general who once ran the military's drone strike program, thinks there should be discussion about their use. >> if the threshold gets too low and we're too casual about it, then we'll forget how much scar tissue we build up in those countries. >> reporter: the white house defends the drone program and says it will provide congressional
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